Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 5 Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 5 Review

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Diamond Select Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 5 includes characters and likeness based on the 4th season of the popular Nickelodeon series. The 4th season shows the death of Splinter by the hands of the Shredder, shows the destruction of Earth at the hands of the Triceratons, and takes the Turtles to space with Fugitoid. Series 4 and Series 5 of DST’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates line-up will include characters based on this season, and both are available in stores and some online stores now.

Thank you to Diamond Select Toys for providing their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 5 for review.

Series 5 includes the following figures with the case of 18 breakdown assortment:

  • 1x Hamoto Yoshi
  • 1x Space Suit April O’Neil
  • 2x Space Suit Casey Jones
  • 2x Inventor Donatello
  • 2x Fanboy Leonardo
  • 2x Space Suit Michelangelo
  • 2x Space Suit Raphael
  • 3 x Kraang
  • 3x Salamandrian

Availability: August 2016

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Hamoto Yoshi is based on the prequel episodes featured in the Nickelodeon series. This figure shows his younger self while in Japan and just before the death of his wife at the hands of Oroke Saki. Hamoto Yoshi is painted in a purple ninja outfit of the Hamato Clan, with a Hamato Clan symbol featured on his back. Hamoto Yoshi includes a katana, a sais, a nunchuck, and a bo staff as well as an acrylic figure stand.

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Space Suit April O’Neil is based on season 4 of the Nickelodeon series, and features the standard minimates sculpt, with newly tooled space suit armor. The dome is removable and she comes with two interchangeable hair pieces, one that’s flat in the back so that the dome can fit, and the other has a pony tail. She is painted in her yellow and white space suit, and includes a blaster and an acrylic figure stand.

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Space Suit Casey Jones is based on season 4 of the Nickelodeon series, and features the standard minimates sculpt, with newly tooled space suit armor. The dome, holster for the hockey sticks,  baseball bat, and space suit armor are all one piece, and can be removed. Underneath the space suit Casey Jones has his black and blue outfit. The space gloves are not removable, and it is somewhat difficult to get him to hold the hockey sticks. Included with Casey are two hockey sticks, a baseball bat, and an acrylic figure stand.

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Inventor Donatello features accessories of what he does in his lab inside the Turtles lair, and the sculpt is a reuse of the previous Donatello figure. Donatello comes with two head sculpts each with their own unique painted facial expressions, a mask that rests on the top of his head and covers his face as he uses a blow torch or chemicals, two beakers, a canister of mutagen, a MOUSER, and his bo staff.

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Fanboy Leonardo is based on the clips from that show when the Turtles watch one of their cartoons (usually in the beginning of an episode), and the sculpt is a reuse of the previous Leonardo figure. He includes two head sculpts with their own unique painted facial expressions. Also included is a television with a show that resembles the classic Star Trek, with a Minimates version of the captain on the screen. Also included are three comic books, a television remote, and two katanas.

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Space Suit Michelangelo and Space Suit Raphael use the standard minimates sculpt, with newly tooled space suit armor that is used for all four Turtles. Series 4 included Leonardo and Donatello, and Series 5 included Michelangelo and Raphael. The space suit armor is newly tooled and covers his feet, wrists, shoulders, waist, and a helmet covering his head. The helmet is removable, and both Michelangelo and Raphael includes their iconic weapons of choice. What is important to note is that Leonardo and Donatello came with their space weapons, and Michelangelo and Raphael were down graded to the same versions of their iconic weapons. For some reason, DST did not sculpt the space versions of these weapons, which is most unfortunate. Both figures also include an acrylic figure stand.

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The Kraang droids feature transparent plastic on their exoskeleton suits with grey, black, and red deco on their heads, chests, back, arms, hands, legs, and feet. The sculpts use the standard minimates block, but come with some of the best looking and most detailed paint apps of the wave. Their eyes are circular as seen in the series, and in their chest is the Kraang head painted on. Each Kraang droid includes a blaster, an acrylic figure stand, and a miniature Kraang head with tentacles painted in light and bright pink.

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The Salamandrians are space lizards that were showcased in season 4, and are enemies to the Triceratons. The Salamandrian shown here is the male that was seen in the episode, and the female (Mona Lisa) will hopefully be following. The figure uses the standard minimates torso, and comes with a newly tooled space armor, which is removable. The dome, torso, and tail are all one piece, and the feet and hands are non-removable. Included is an acrylic figure stand.

Overall:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 5 is an excellent wave from Diamond Select Toys with great likeness, deco, tooling, and accessories as seen in the series. DST continues to offer new and exciting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates and series 4 and their recently released series 5 is no exception. You won’t want to miss out on these!

Highly Recommended.

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